Teachers vs Wharfies

According to CareersNZ website secondary school teachers get:

Secondary school teachers with four years’ tertiary study start on $47,023 a year, but can earn more depending on additional qualifications and experience.

Pay increases each year for seven years according to a fixed scale, with the maximum pay $71,000 a year.

Secondary school teachers may earn more than this if:

  • they take on management roles such as dean or head of department
  • they teach the shortage subjects of maths, physics, chemistry, home economics, te reo Māori, English, or physical education, where they receive an extra $3,500 a year for up to five years, paid in their third, fourth and fifth years of teaching
  • they teach in a school that is identified as one that is hard to staff, where they receive an extra $3,500 in their third, fourth and fifth years of teaching
  • they teach in a private or independent school, which sometimes pay an extra $2,000 to $3,000 a year.

We now know that wharfies at Ports of Auckland earn between $91,000 and $122,000.

No one denies that school teachers are important, but how can you really compare the remuneration. Teachers spend 3-4 years at University getting a degree, presumably they would have a student loan, then a year at Teacher’s College. They certainly spend more than 40 hours a week working with unruly, ungrateful students and go home and do even more work in the form of marking. For all of that at best they can earn $71,000. Meanwhile the wharfies with no particular skills can earn a minimum of $91,000 and up to $122,000 per annum unloading ships, with full medical insurance benefits and 5 weeks holidays, plus the utter bonus is they only actually work 28 hours despite being paid for 40.

Who should be paid more

  • A secondary school teacher? (95%, 446 Votes)
  • A Ports of Auckland wharfie? (5%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 468

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